The Melancholy of Resistance (Az ellenállás melankóliája)
Winner of the 2015 Man Booker International Prize
The Melancholy of Resistance, László Krasznahorkai's magisterial, surreal novel, depicts a chain of mysterious events in a small Hungarian town. A circus, promising to display the stuffed body of the largest whale in the world, arrives in the dead of winter, prompting bizarre rumors. Word spreads that the circus folk have a sinister purpose in mind, and the frightened citizens cling to any manifestation of order they can find — music, cosmology, fascism. The novel's characters are unforgettable: the evil Mrs. Eszter, plotting her takeover of the town; her weakling husband; and Valuska, our hapless hero with his head in the clouds, who is the tender center of the book, the only pure and noble soul to be found.
'The universal of its vision rivals that of Gogol’s DEAD SOULS and far surpasses all the lesser concerns of contemporary writing' - WG Sebald
Translated from the Hungarian by George Szirtes